Principia College Nike Volleyball Camp

Principia College Nike Volleyball Camp
Principia College Nike Volleyball Camp

Join Coach Sprague at Principia College this summer for outstanding volleyball training.

The 2017 season marked Coach Sprague's 19th season at the helm of Principia's volleyball program. Her wealth of coaching experience and her knowledgeable staff creates the perfect learning environment for young players to take their game to a new level. Available sessions include all skills training, a position specific program, and an exciting beach volleyball program.

Highlights Include

  • Training under the country’s best coaches
  • Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
  • Coach to camper ratio is 1:10
  • Nike Volleyball camp T-shirt
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Mary Ann Sprague
Camp Director

Mary Ann Sprague

Mary Ann Sprague has been the head Principia's head volleyball coach since 1999 and surpassed 250 career wins in 2014.

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As a student at Principia College she was a strong competitor in volleyball, swimming, and track and field and was the recipient of the Howard L. Mitchell Athletic Award her senior year.

Sprague started her coaching career at the high school level, and then served as the assistant coach at University of Missouri (D1) as a setter coach before moving to Florida. In Florida, Sprague was co-director of Jacksonville Juniors and coached the Elite 18s, as well as training setters for a community college. Upon her return to the midwest, Sprague has coached for Southern Heat Volleyball Club, and founded her own Club that works to develop young athletes in a rural area that has no consistency in their ability to offer coaches to middle school and high school programs.

Sprague has been a coach and personal trainer for volleyball players for 28 years and currently holds the highest certification granted by the volleyball coaches' accrediting program. Sprague has received four SLIAC Coach of the Year awards.
Mary Ann has put Principia College on the map with a variety of high quality youth volleyball training programs. She and her college players and alumni have coached over 650 local youth since 2008, including programs for kids as young as 2nd grade all the way to her (HIT) High Intensity Training Nike Volleyball camp and regional team camps she runs. Sprague will be offering Nike Volleyball camps again this year - at Principia College.

Sprague is also Principia's associate athletic director, directing the Sports Information department and the Graduate Assistant program.

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Heather Fairbanks

Heather Fairbanks

Heather Fairbanks came back to Principia College to fill the Sports Information Director position after teaching and coaching in various sports, since graduating from Principia College...

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Heather Fairbanks came back to Principia College to fill the Sports Information Director position after teaching and coaching in various sports, since graduating from Principia College in 2005.  Fairbanks was a graduate assistant for head volleyball coach Mary Ann Sprague for two seasons after graduating, and also helped develop and run a volleyball club in St. Louis during that time.  Later, Fairbanks went to Edmond, Oklahoma and taught middle school math and coached volleyball and track at the middle school level and also coached club volleyball for various age groups.

Camp Details

All Skills/High Intensity Training Camp

All Skills: This program is open to players of all ability levels. Here you’ll master the fundamentals, develop proper mechanics and gain game play experience. Every aspect of the game is covered, giving you a solid skill foundation to build upon after camp.

High Intensity Training Camp: This camp is recommended for high school varsity (entering sophomore, junior or senior year) and club players with a commitment to the sport and the ability and motivation to play in college. This intense, challenging program will stress position play, advanced team techniques and match play.

Position Specialty

This programs is designed for players who want to specialize in the Setter, Hitter, or Libero (Defensive Specialist) positions.  

Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball was added by the NCAA at the collegiate level in 2012 as a result of the sport's growing popularity. This program shows campers the ropes of beach volleyball by playing on smaller courts and seeing firsthand how intense it is to play doubles. Sand players train to become well rounded in all areas of the game.

More Important Camp Details

What's included in the fee? 

Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.

Extended Day campers (9am-9pm - except on first and last day): Lunch and dinner are provided.

24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Volleyball Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.

Volleyballs: Molten Volleyballs may be purchased when you register for camp for an additional $15. Volleyballs must be paid for at the time of registration. Campers do not need to bring a ball to camp and purchasing one is optional.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.


Session One: All Skills & Advanced - July 23-25, 2017

  • Check in: between 12:30pm-2:00pm on Sunday, July 23rd at Rackham Court
  • Check out: Graduation is at 5:00pm on Tuesday July 25th
  • Extended Day Camper Schedule: Sunday 2:00-9:00pm, Monday 9:00am-9:00pm, Tuesday 9:00am-5:00pm

Session Two: Position Specialty - July 25-27, 2017

  • Check in: 6:00pm on Tuesday, July 25th at Rackham Court
  • Check out: Graduation is at 5:00pm on Thursday, July 27th
  • Extended Day Camper Schedule: Tuesday 6:00-9:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am-9:00pm, Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm

Session Three: Beach Volleyball - July 27-29, 2017

  • Check in: 6:00pm on Thursday, July 27th at Rackham Court
  • Check out: Graduation is at 5:00pm on Saturday, July 29th
  • Extended Day Camper Schedule: Thursday 6:00-9:00pm, Friday 9:00am-9:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
*Overnight Campers participating in multiple, consecutive sessions do not need to check in again between sessions. 


Ratio: 1:8
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: Volleyball shoes, knee pads and a water bottle
Facility: Hay Field House


Campers Per Room: 2-4
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms: On each Floor
Linens: Not provided. Please bring own linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase and a towel
Air Conditioning: YES!
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility: Athletic trainers are on-site and a hospital nearby

Team Discount

If you have a group of eight or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Groups can register online or via mail/fax. 

To register a group online: Please have someone contact the USSC office with the names of each camper in the group at 1-800-645-3226 to create a unique discount code. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out.
To register a group via mail/fax: Please have each camper fill out our REGISTRATION FORM providing credit card number or a check. All registration forms must be received at the same time via mail or fax. Fax registrations to 415-526-5933. Mail registrations to Nike Volleyball Camps 1010 B Street, Suite 450, San Rafael, CA 94901.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 Wake-up, shower
  • 7:45 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Stretching/conditioning
  • 9:15 Practice: pass/set/hit drills
  • 10:30 Defense and serving drills
  • 12:00 Lunch, rest
  • 1:30 Spiking demonstration
  • 1:45 Review: pass/set/serve
  • 2:30 Practice: emergency recovery
  • 4:30 Free time, rest
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 6:30 Practice: games/scrimmages
  • 9:00 Films/video highlights
  • 10:00 Campers to rooms
  • 10:30 Lights out

Camper Reviews

Lilyan D.Parent of Principia College Camper 8/5/16

  • 5/5.
Everything was amazing

Everything about the camp was AMAZING!! My daughter had the time of her life at Principia College. She gained so much knowledge and made a lot of friends. The staff was wonderful. We will definitely be back next year!!! Thank you Nike and Principia!!

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Joanna D. Parent of Principia College Camper 8/10/16

  • 4/5.

Great staff! Great training! Great team building! Super caring and kind! Challenging too!!

Brian H.Parent of Principia College Camper 8/8/16

  • 4/5.
Lots of new friends

My daughter loved every minute of camp!  She made lots of new friends and learned a lot!  I'm sure she will be back!

Cathy C. Principia College Camper 8/11/15

  • 5/5.
Favorite camp

I recommend this camp for all stages of play because it focuses on each level. No matter what stage of play you are at you get the reps, attention, and help that you need. They coaches are amazing and very understanding! Out of my 10 years of playing volleyball this was the best camp I ever went to, As a varsity player I learned a lot that I can bring to the game at my own level.  

Angela M.Parent of Principia College Camper 7/31/15

  • 5/5.
Can't wait for next year

We were very excited at the prospect of what Nike camp had to offer our daughter...and we were not disappointed! The atmosphere, campus and coaches were wonderful! We certainly plan for her to attend camp next year, even expand to two sessions instead. We can't wait for the season to start this year so we can see her improvement first hand!

Tricia W. Principia College Camper 8/1/15

  • 4/5.
Fun and challenging

This camp was super fun and challenging. Everyone encourages you to try your best. There was always something to do, the camp went by so fast!  Can't wait to go back next year. 

Parent of Principia College Camper '14

  • 5/5.
A+ Experience

My daughter experiences were unique for her during this camp. Campus life and gym facilities were excellent. Excellent place to make new friends. Coaching staff was very professional and knowledgeable. Coach Sprague and Coach Christina worked with my daughter and pushed her to the max. Both coaches inspired my daughter and helped her to understand that she needs to work hard and learn more about this sport to continue to excel while playing this sport. The camp did excellent work with my daughter skills. She was very excited about the beach volleyball camp. It was a new experience for my daughter. She had a good time playing beach volleyball and learned new skills for this sport. I hope the program is extended and continue to be offered. I do recommend these camps to other players and parents. A+ 

Parent of Principia College Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Receive Personal Instruction

My oldest daughter raves about the campus. She says it reminds her of Hogwarts...My youngest loves the food. The camp attendance is smaller than other camps they have attended. They receive personal instruction. The groups are very structured and focused. A wonderful experience for both 1st timers and experienced campers

Parent of Principia College Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Positive Experience

"My daughter had a very postive experience at the Nike camp the past 2 summers. She played a lot of volleyball and improved her skill level. Each year she met new friends and had fun, along with instruction. Looking forward to camp next year."

Parent of Principia College Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Will Attend Next Year

"Our daughter came home even more excited about the sport she loves. the staff and coach were very knowledgeable and encouarging to master a skill they may not have had before they came to this camp. Our daughter will attend next year and stay longer."

Parent of Principia College Camper

  • 5/5.
Favorite Camp

"My daughter attended several camps this summer, and the Nike camp was her favorite by far."

Parent of Principia College Camper

  • 4/5.
Intense Workouts

"This year was the first year we sent our daughter to the Nike Volleyball Camp. We did not know what to expect. My daughter learned a great deal at camp. She told us that the intense workout is just that...intense! She said that the instructors were great. She is looking forward to going again next year."

Parent of Principia College Camper

  • 5/5.
Amazing Experience

"It was an incredible experience for my daughter Kaleigh. She didn't want to leave the camp and she said she wants to go for a week next time. She couldn't say enough about the coaches and staff and she was sad to leave. She also said she wants to attend Principia College and she hopes to play volleyball there. Thank you!" 

Parent of Principia College Camper

  • 5/5.
Personal Growth

"The Principia Volleyball Summer Camp experience was wonderful for my daughter. She went knowing no one and a rather shy child, and came home with friends and a stronger volleyball player. The combination of volleyball instruction and personal growth have helped her physically and mentally to be a more confident, well rounded child. I would not hesitate to send her again next year! Thanks for a great experience."

Parent of a Principia College Camper

  • 4/5.
Great Coaches!

"My daughter and her friend really enjoyed the camp. Camp was very organized and friendly. They met a lot of new friends and are anxious to return next year. The length of 4 days/3 nights was perfect. They also learned how to improve on their skills. Coaches were very good."

Parent of a Principia College Camper

  • 5/5.
Excellent camp

My daughter's awareness of the game increased 200%. Physical and technical abilities were developed and simple yet powerful techniques incorporated in her game play. Coaches where very attentive and had complete knowledge of the game and its fundamentals. Overall excellent camp, location, coaching and context. My personal thanks to MaryAnn for her attentions before and during and after the camp.

Parent of a Principia College Camper

  • 4/5.
Great experience

Our daughter had a great experience at Principia. Challenging, fun, fast-paced, great coaches, great food, beautiful campus environment. She came home tired, but excited about her experience. She plans to attend next year!

Parent of a Principia College Camper

  • 5/5.
Repeat camper

Camp is intense, well run, and a fun experience all at the same time. I had a daughter that entered the camp unsure of her skills and left camp a much improved and, just as important, her confidence level is WAY up!.....Thanks coaches.

Camp Dates & Prices

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.